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American Idol LIVE in Manila!

AI season 11's Top 10 finalists are holding their concert tonight, Sept. 21, 8pm, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • THEY'RE HERE! Fans have the week to 'spend' with their favorite Idols, including Filipino-Mexican Jessica Sanchez. Image from the AI concert poster

  • This is RAPPLER's Kai Magsanoc, live blogging from the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the American Idol LIVE concert! :)
  • Share your tweets with me by tagging @kaimagsanoc when you tweet using the hashtags #AIinManila and #AILiveinManila.
  • The concert has begun! the Smart Araneta Coliseum is packed!
  • All 10 AI finalists opened the concert. Jessica Sanchez was right in the middle of the stage.
  • Each time it was Jessica's turn to sing, the crowd would roar!

  • Rocker Elise Testone is now performing "Rumor Has It" by Adele. Her back-up singers are Erika Van Pelt and Deandre Brackensick.
  • After the opening group song number, Deandre performed a solo number.
  • With the way Deandre's performing, there is no sign that he hasn't been feeling well these past few days. The guy is full of energy!
  • Skylar Lane and Hollie Cavanagh did a song number together. Heejun Han has performed a solo number.
  • Colton Dixon is now performing. He gets a lot of screams from the crowd.
  • Heejun, Jessica and Deandre performed a cover of "Party Rock Anthem." It drove the crowd wild.
  • RAPPLER's Kai Magsanoc is giving us updates live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum!
  • Colton performed a song on the piano. He said it will be part of his first solo album and will be available on iTunes in 4 days.
  • The title of Colton's song is "Never Gone."
  • Third song from Colton now. Again on the piano. The kid's a real musician. Girls keep screaming, "I love you, Colton!"
  • Audiences of all ages are here - from grandparents to little kids. This concert is for the family.
  • The Idols are singing a medley of Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" and One Direction's "That's What Makes You Beautiful."
  • Great styling! Their clothes are in bright colors. The LED background wall flashing psychedelic graphics and videos. So nice!
  • Hey, everyone! I'm back! Keep checking our live blog for updates!
  • There's a short intermission as the Idols prep for the next half of their concert.
  • They will perform some of their most memorable performances from American Idol Season 11.
  • What will Jessica sing? Heejun? OMG! I'm so excited for the next part of the concert! :)
  • Who is your favorite AI Season 11 Top 10 finalist? Tweet us @rapplerdotcom, @kaimagsanoc #AIinManila #AILiveinManila
  • Watching the concert is like watching American Idol for real!
  • Taped segments of Ryan Seacrest introducing major numbers are played on the monitors and the LED backdrop. :)
  • Rappler has exclusive videos. Keep posted for them!
  • #PinoyPride is really amazing. Each time Jessica sings, even if it's just a line in a group song number, the people scream!
  • Jessica hasn't done a solo number yet. I am just SO excited!
  • What song do you want Jessica to sing? Tweet us @rapplerdotcom, @kaimagsanoc #AIinManila #AILiveinManila
  • Intermission still on. People are going around, eating, talking. Vibe in the Smart Araneta Coliseum's relaxed. Good choice for a Friday night hangout. :)
  • Lights just went out. Jessica's about to sing!
  • Jessica sang "What Goes Around Comes Around."
  • Electrifying performance of "How Come You Don't Call Me" from Jessica. Deandre and Joshua Ledet provided back-up vocals.
  • Jessica and Deandre are in a relationship.
  • Jessica is now on full Tina Turner mode. She's singing Turner's "Proud Mary" OMG! Is she really just 17? Her voice is so big and whole.
  • Three songs from Jessica turned this venue upside down. It's now Skylar's turn. Thumbs up for country music!!!
  • First song number from Skylar - "Shotgun" - done.
  • Skylar's wearing a black studded leather jacket and camel-colored cowboy boots, of course.
  • Skylar's second song is "Stay With Me."
  • Remember when Hollie sang Adele's "Rolling In The Deep"? She is singing it again now! Elise and Erica are providing backing vocals.
  • Hollie is singing her second song "Heartbreak"
  • It's Joshua's turn!
  • Joshua's first song: "Runaway." He is now singing "This Is A Man's World." Backing vocals are Elise, Erika and Deandre.
  • If Jessica was soul, Skylar was country and Hollie was pop, Joshua is definitely R&B.
  • Joshua's voice is giving me the chills. OMG.
  • Sorry guys. I can't upload photos due to net problems. But I'm taking awesome videos when I can. Watch out for them! We will post them later here on the Rappler site.
  • Joshua is AMAZING! Cheers and Claps from the crowd are deafening! Wow!
  • Jessica joined Joshua for his third song. Phillip Phillips is up next!
  • Phillip's first song is "Superstition." The way he plays the guitar reminds me of John Mayer. Do you guys agree?
  • Phillip celebrated his 21st birthday with his fans yesterday at a mall show. They gave him a cake, of course. :)
  • Phillip's second song is "Nice And Slow" - originally an R&B song. He's put a rock twist to it. I like this version; not bad at all.
  • Phillip has a charm, a charisma that makes it easy to like him. His aura is so... light.
  • Phillip's first solo album will be out this December, first week.
  • Fourth song from Phillip: "Volcano." Jessica joins him. She's wearing a gorgeous red maxi dress. Wow.
  • Phillip's fifth and last song: "Know You're Not Alone." The other finalists joined him on stage.
  • Everyone's now dressed in white. It looks like the finale's near. Oh no. :(
  • Erika, Hollie, Jessica, Skylar and Elise are singing Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and the crowd is singing along!
  • Colton, Heejun, Deandre, Joshua and Phillip are singing the Wanted's "I'm Glad You Came"
  • The girls joined the guys midway in the song.
  • So that was the finale song. The Top 10 have taken their bows and said their goodbyes.
  • I have so many videos that I can't wait to share with you, guys. Thank you for joining me tonight. Until our next live blog. This is Kai Magsanoc, Rappler, signing out! :)
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